Nanaimo man strikes plea deal in massive Utah meth bust

By Ian Holmes
September 12, 2017 - 5:09pm

Blake Arcand faces between ten years and life behind bars following a huge meth bust.Unified State Police

Meth found in the back of Arcand's rental car pulled over in Salt Lake City area.Fox13 Salt Lake

NANAIMO — A plea deal has been reached by a Nanaimo man with the United States Department of Justice (USDJ) in Salt Lake City in relation to a huge crystal meth bust.

Documents supplied by the USDJ to NanaimoNewsNOW show Blake Arcand, 57, reached a plea agreement on Sept. 1 and intends to plead guilty.

Coincidentally, Arcand plead not guilty on Sept. 1, 2016 after being accused of having nearly 68 lbs of meth inside the rental car he was driving in the Salt Lake City, Utah area two weeks prior.

Arcand was scheduled to go on trial this week, charged with possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking. He faces a minimum of 10-years in prison, but could receive up to life behind bars, the plea agreement stated.

He's scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 29. Arcand has been in custody since his arrest on August 2016.

The bust is believed to be one of the largest involving meth in Utah state history.


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